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WILLs & Powers of Attorney
0800 0352 781
020 7046 6078
Dec. 24, 2014

We are currently sponsoring Jump Jockey, Kevin Jones.

Christmas Time

We recently had our yard Christmas do, which was held at the Black Horse in Great Durnford. A fantastic pub with good food and drink, as well as a very good atmosphere. After the starter, Turkey and Christmas pudding I was very stuffed but there was still room for mince pies later on. Thanks boss! Paul our assistant trainer always has a speech prepared for these events and is a very good public speaker. Sometimes I think he is in the wrong job and should have been a stand-up comedian.

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Christmas is something we all look forward to but this year is a very different year for me. Whilst winning on Sidbury Hill at Chepstow, I managed to incur a 7 day ban for over use of the stick. Head down and in a driving position I forgot to count to 8! The ban runs from the 20th of December through to the 29th, with 3 days of no racing in between.

There are 2 ways of looking at this. I see this as a time to relax with my closest friends and family over the festive period and not have to worry about my food intake, as most years previously this has been a big worry. “Have I got a light weight on Boxing Day?” “How much Christmas pudding can I eat?” Well not this time. Weight management is probably the hardest part of my job. Forever sweating and forever trying to manage my intake of fuel. Unfortunately for me, I am not as lucky as some of my other colleagues, who are naturally light and don’t have to worry too much about their diets. So this Christmas I will be stuffing my face!

The other side of it is that I am going to miss rides and I am going to miss out on chances to win on horses over those 7 days. Boxing Day is one of jump racings busiest days with 7 jumps meetings around the UK. A great opportunity to get a few rides and sometimes pick up some spare rides and maybe meet new trainers. Unfortunately for my lack of counting I miss this day. This will be very frustrating if there are horses running that I would have ridden, who are then going to be ridden by someone else. If they ride the horse well and even win on it, will it become their ride? You just don’t know. This is why relationships with owners and trainers are very important. They are your bread and butter. Sometimes the bitter side of me hopes that the racing is frozen off over this period so I don’t miss out on any opportunities.

The one thing I have to make sure is that I am fighting fit and the weight is back to a manageable level for when my ban ends. So as soon as Christmas is over the jogging shoes will be back on, the speedos pulled up and mentally ready to take on 2015.

I wish everyone the very best of Christmases and a Happy New Year.

-Kevin Jones